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1:00 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Army plan would cut as many as 4,000 Ft. Leonard Wood troops

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A U.S. Army plan for possible personnel cuts could significantly affect Fort Leonard Wood and the economy in the surrounding area.

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Health & Wealth Update
11:26 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Postcard from a cowboy poetry festival

About a dozen cowboy poets performed at the 15th Annual Missouri Cowboy Poet and Music Festival in Mountain View, Mo.
Credit Harum Helmy / KBIA News

Listen to an audio postcard featuring two cowboy poets who performed at the 15th Annual Missouri Cowboy Poet and Music Festival.

This week on the show, we're hearing from Francine Robison and D.J. Fry, two out of the more than 20 cowboy poets and musicians who performed at the 15th Annual Missouri Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival. 

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Politics
5:50 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Mo. Senate passes tax breaks for developers

The Missouri Senate has again passed legislation curbing tax breaks for developers while creating new incentives for exporters and high-tech industries.

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Politics
5:42 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Mo. House votes to look at Medicaid expansion next year

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After declining to expand Medicaid coverage this year, the Missouri House has passed a bill that would create a committee to study the issue next year.

The House passed the measure 133-27 yesterday. It would create a joint committee of House and Senate members to look at ways to "transform" the state's Medicaid program. The committee would begin at the end of the current session until the 2015 session's start in January.

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Politics
3:52 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Mo. House passes another gun rights bill

The new bill reduces the presence of the state Department of Revenue pertaining to conceal carry applications.
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The Missouri House has passed yet another bill that would expand the rights of gun owners and reduce the role of the state Department of Revenue.

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Crime
2:39 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Columbia hotel workers learn to spot incidents of human trafficking

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A seminar taking place today in Columbia aims to train hotel and motel employees to identify and combat human trafficking.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:20 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Concerns over drinking water motivate drug take-back participation

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The Boone County Sheriff’s Department collected almost 650 pounds of prescription drugs from drop-off locations around Boone County in a drug pick-up event this past weekend … and the sheriff’s department reports there is an increase in people dropping off prescriptions for environmental reasons.

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Business
5:10 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Hearing begins Patriot's bid to cut benefits

A bankruptcy hearing is under way over a coal company's quest to significantly cut health care and pension benefits for its union workers, who protest the move.

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Politics
4:58 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Mo. House panel OKs plan to stop document scans

Republicans in the Missouri Senate want to make sure the governor doesn't create a health care exchange without their consent.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

A Missouri House committee has adopted a measure to stop the state Revenue Department from scanning driver's license applicants' personal documents.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:53 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

FEMA gives Joplin deal on 2 fire engines

Joplin residents approved a bond measures giving the local school district money to build storm shelters.
File KBIA

The federal government is giving the city of Joplin a deal on two fire engines it loaned the city after the 2011 tornado.

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Agriculture
12:36 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Tiny variations the key to better wheat at MU research farm [video]

Each section (marked out in brackets) represents a different variety of wheat.
Credit Cade Cleavelin / KBIA

At MU's Bradford Research and Extension Center, researchers are testing thousands of genetically unique variations of wheat. They'll ultimately insert the best of them into the market as more productive, profitable wheat varieties.

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Sports
12:19 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Boston strong: 5K race shows support for bombing victims, families

Brittany Crocker KBIA

This weekend, Columbia hosted the 118th Boston Strong 5K race. The event was part of a global effort by pavementrunner.com to raise awareness and support for Boston marathon bombing victims.

About 35 runners, walkers, volunteers and supporters gathered in the rain at Stephens Lake Park Saturday morning for the 118th Boston Strong 5K run. The race began at 9:30 a.m. with a moment of silence, where participants raised their hands in a number-one sign to signify their support for Boston.

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Crime
9:44 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Documentary to focus on man convicted Mo. killer

The plight of a Missouri man convicted of killing a newspaper sports editor soon will be the focus of a documentary film as he continues his battle for freedom.

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Politics
9:42 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Akin not ruling out political return after loss

Kristofor Husted KBIA

Todd Akin isn't ruling out a political comeback, nearly six months after losing Missouri's U.S. Senate race amid widespread criticism of his comments about "legitimate rape."

Akin recently spoke to KSDK-TV in his first interview since losing the November election to Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. He said he's ready for a comeback, but hasn't decided if that will be in academia, public speaking, or even politics.

Education
9:41 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Part-time profs lose work over insurance mandate

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Some adjunct professors at Moberly Area Community College are losing work as the school seeks to keep down the costs of providing health insurance to employees.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the school has told its part-time professors that they will have a six-credit teaching limit this summer and a nine-credit limit in the fall semester.

The federal Affordable Care Act requires employers with at least 50 workers to offer health insurance to all employees who work an average of 30 hours weekly.

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Business
9:28 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Longer runway could spur more air traffic in Camdenton

Leaders in the City of Camdenton said they are optimistic about the potential for its airport. The conclusion to a three-part expansion plan includes the lengthening of its runway from four to five thousand feet. With this change, the airport will be able to accommodate more air traffic and larger planes.

City officials said this increase in traffic will lead to economic growth and job creation for the lake community.

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Education
8:53 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Columbia's oldest parent co-op preschool is closing after more than 54 years in business.

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Southwest Play School is the first parent-owned and operated preschool in Columbia and has been educating children for almost 50 years. Sharen Garrett started teaching at Southwest 19 years ago. She’s been teaching her whole life, and now plans to retire. Garrett teaches at the co-op weekdays, while parent-volunteers work alongside the children for a set number of days each semester.

“The needs for co-ops have changed," Garrett said. "I just love what I do. I love the children, I love their parents. You know it’d be terrible to go to job every day you didn’t love what you did.”

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Arts and Culture
6:32 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Missouri runners join race for Boston, in 'Boston Strong Como' event

randy Clark runs the Boston Strong CoMo 5K course at Stephens Lake Park on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Brandy, an Army veteran has participated in multiple 5K's over her years in service, but at three months pregnant, she ran this race for two.
Brittany Crocker KBIA

Runners, walkers, volunteers and supporters gathered in the rain at Stephens Lake Park Saturday morning for the 118th Boston Strong 5K run. The race began at 9:30 a.m. with a moment of silence, where participants raised their hands in a number-one sign to signify their support for Boston.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Wagner's 'Die Meistersinger' reaches back to Reformation, forward to World War II

This story was produced in partnership with Columbia Faith & Values. Find more stories like this one at ColumbiaFAVS.com. You can get instant updates each day on Facebook and Twitter.

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Education
5:21 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Chancellor Deaton discusses study showing low professor pay at MU

When the original administration building of the university burned in 1892 the columns were left standing. They stand today on Francis Quadrangle and are an iconic image of the university's Columbia campus.
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MU departments and department chairs are working with Chancellor Brady Deaton to increase faculty wages on a case by case basis. Deaton spoke today with KBIA’s Sydney Miller and reiterated that higher wages are a priority.

The affirmation comes after the release of a survey from the Association of American University Professor’s that shows MU salaries as less than average.

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5:17 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Moberly Monitor-Index: City of Moberly dropped from Mamtek case

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Earlier this week, KBIA told you the City of Moberly has paid at least $677,000 in court fees since the Mamtek sucralose factory failed in 2010, including at least $60,000 in fees so far in April. Today, the Moberly Monitor-Index is reporting the city and its development authority have both been dismissed from a case being brought against them by Mamtek bondholders.
The MMI has just been informed that the City of Moberly and the Industrial Development Authority for the City have been dismissed from the court litigation brought by certain Mamtek bondholders, by Judge Patricia S. Joyce.Joyce granted the City and IDA's Motion for Dismissal late Thursday,
Business
4:55 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

US Senate will debate Marketplace Fairness Act

   A new internet sales tax up for debate in the United States Senate could affect Missouri businesses. The Marketplace Fairness Act would allow states to tax online transactions from stores without a physical presence in Missouri.

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Business
3:51 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Sturgeon farmer donates $5,000 she won from Monsanto Fund

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The Boone County Fire Department and the food pantry in Sturgeon both received unexpected $2,500 donations this week. 

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Politics
1:00 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

How zoning laws shape downtown Columbia

The vast majority of downtown Columbia is zoned C-2
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  An influx of student housing downtown has Columbia wondering what will become of its beloved District, for better or worse. And the Niedermeyer house, the city’s oldest building, was almost demolished to make way for another high-rise apartment building. But why is this happening?

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Agriculture
12:52 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Field Notes: 'The Midwest Farmer's Daughter'

Kay Emerich and her daughters Amber and Natasha run a small dairy in Wheaton, Kan.
Kathleen Masterson/Harvest Public Media

This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.

For this edition of Field Notes, Harvest Public Media's Bill Wheelhouse spoke with Zachary Michael Jack, author "The Midwest Farmer's Daughter," about the shifting landscape of rural America.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:29 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Youth advocacy group to host drug take-back event

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The Columbia-based Youth Community Coalition is hosting its annual prescription drug take back this Friday and Saturday. The take back is part of a national movement to collect and dispose of expired and unused prescription drugs, in collaboration with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Faith/Religion
9:08 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Student and atheist groups call for freedom of expression in Bangladesh

Aaron Underwood, vice president of the MU student atheist organization speaks to a crowd at the Defend Dissent protest on Thursday April 25, 2013.
Credit Bridgit Bowden / KBIA

A group gathered in MU’s speaker’s circle Thursday to speak out against the Bangladeshi government and advocate for freedom of expression. 

Nearly 15 atheists participated in the Defend Dissent protest.  The demonstration was inspired by the arrest of several bloggers in Bangladesh who spoke out against the government and against Islam.  Columbia is one of several cities across the globe participating in Defend Dissent.   

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Sports
8:57 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Mizzou's Sheldon Richardson picked in 1st round of NFL draft

Sheldon Richardson
Credit Mizzou Athletics

The New York Jets picked Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson with the 13th overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night.

The Jets and coach Rex Ryan loaded up on defense in the first round after also taking Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner with the No. 9 pick. New York acquired the 13th pick from Tampa Bay for cornerback Darrelle Revis on Sunday.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:35 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Columbia and Boone county score high on air quality, St. Louis and 8 counties fail

Eight Missouri counties received an “F” grade in The American Lung Association’s recent“State of the Air” report card. The latest report was released Wednesday – grades U.S. counties and cities on air quality. 

Out of the 17 counties with enough data available to issue a score, only Boone County received an “A” grade. And here’s the list of the counties that failed: Clay, Clinton, Jasper, Jefferson, Perry, St. Charles, St. Louis, and St. Louis city. Researchers used air quality data between 2009 and 2011 for the grading.

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Politics
5:41 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Moberly, Mo., takes costly financial hit this month due to Mamtek

Moberly has taken close to a sixty thousand dollar hit this month because of Mamtek, the failed artificial sweetener plant.  

Throughout April, the city has spent that sum in legal fees due to the Mamtek fiasco.

These legal costs include attorneys’ fees that Moberly is paying in their fight against Mamtek in court.

The spent funds will take away from money that could have gone toward other departments in the city, such as the police and fire departments. That’s according to City Director of Finance Greg Hodge.

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